“If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves”
— Thomas Edison
Sir Ken Robinson is an avid activists for alternative education. I love him. In one of his Ted Talks, Sir Ken gives this awesome analogy that I will transcribe here for you:
“Not far from where I live there is a place called “Death Valley”. Death valley is the hottest driest, place in America… and nothing grows there. Nothing grows there because it doesn’t rain, hence death valley. In the winter of 2004 it rained in death valley. Seven inches of rain fell over a very short period. And in the spring of 2005, there was a phenomenon. The whole floor of death valley was carpeted in flowers…for a while. What it proves is this: that death valley is not dead, it’s dormant. Right beneath the surface are the seeds of possibility waiting for the right conditions to come about, and with organic systems, if the conditions are right, life is inevitable”
There are so many nuggets to pick from Sir Ken Robinson’s analogy. In fact, if per chance you are passionate about Education, I encourage you to look out for that particular Ted Talk and follow watch it. The analogy of death valley speaks of nothing else but potential. As usual, I would like us to be on the same page in terms of the definition of potential.
What is Potential?
There are many definitions of the word Potential from different areas: The dictionaries, physics, English and so on. However, this blog looks at potential from the angle of Life Signatures. I see potential as a strong pillar for a life of Legacy. Having said that, let me define for you potential.
“Potential is a unique pre-set field of boundless possibilities that the Creator incorporated at inception, in the life of each individual born of a woman”.
Having said that, there are some two or three thoughts that I want to run by you.
“The fact of the matter about potential is that it is a hidden thing. The same way they dig deep to get coal, oil deposits, gold and other precious metals, is the same way real potential is hidden”.
How to Unearth Potential
So the question on our lips today is this: How do we unearth this potential?
If I was bequeathed property and it was in the hands of someone else and I did not know that fact, I will not stake claim on it. The fact of the matter about potential is that it is a hidden thing. The same way they dig deep to get coal, oil deposits, gold and other precious metals, is the same way real potential is hidden.
We see just a glimpse of it on the surface…but real potential is hidden. Therefore, the first step to unearthing potential is to know as much information as possible about it.
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What what we call “making a living” for the most part is really is not. We pursue things in a pre-ordained fashion of those who have gone before us .
Knowledge is power. As many people as possible need to know the above facts given about what potential is. We need to know that inside each of us, there are far greater powers and possibilities. Some of them defy the very odds that life tries to throw at us.
This is the revelation about potential that you need to know. That there is greatness in each of us. That greatness will not bring itself to the fore. It has to be mined. That what we call “making a living” for the most part is really is not. We pursue things in a pre-ordained fashion of those who have gone before us. Sadly most of those who have gone before us did not find the subject of potential unearthing powerful enough to dwell on and pass it on to the next generation.
School for example has the same format for EVERYONE, ever since it was invented sometime in the 1800’s. So we faithfully walk through that system giving little attention to what our potential says. Did you know that it is possible to go through all the motions of life and still come out of it in the end not having exploited your potential? And that is on of the saddest things on earth.
In the next post, we shall continue to unearth our potentials. Stay tuned.